join us for the first ever acacia moyo safari
January 5 - 15 2022
ITINERARY & NOTES
wildlife conservation habitat climate change Maasai culture
Nairobi city Lamu Island
this safari focuses on learning about and experiencing first hand the intricate ecological relationship between the Maasai people, their land, their livestock, wildlife and climate change.
You will have many opportunities to meet Maasai stakeholders to discuss the issues and challenges they face and how they are adapting to global issues such as
climate change, pandemics and loss of land.
Thrill to stunning landscapes varying from high altitude Maasai Mara wildlife reserve to below sea level, salt-encrusted Lake Magadi.
Explore the beach paradise and ancient Swahili culture of Lamu Island,
off Kenya's northeastern coast.
Go home and tell you friends about it!
This itinerary may change in small details, but is basically accurate. Remember – we are in Africa and things don’t always run as smoothly as they might elsewhere!! The most important part of your luggage is your patience and sense of humor. If we get a flat tyre on a bad road, it will be fixed and we will wait -patiently. If we get too close to an elephant, he will politely tell us to move back. If we fall in love with Lamu and don’t wish to leave – ever - we will leave you behind with our best wishes and our phone numbers.
The world is hungry for travel again. We are travelling during Kenya’s peak tourist season and flights and accommodations are already booking up really fast. Porini Gamewatchers Safaris is holding our flights and accommodations but they cannot hold them indefinitely.
OUR SAFARI PARTNER
We are working with GAMEWATCHERS PORINI SAFARIS of Kenya. They are the best safari outfit in the country, with over 30 years of experience. They have won several local and international awards for their safari philosophy and efforts to help local Maasai communities to maintain their culture while developing sustainable livelihoods in partnership with wildlife, livestock and tourists..
DAY ONE Wednesday 1/5
After arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, we drive straight into Nairobi National Game Park to Porini’s Nairobi Tented Camp – the ultimate in camping luxury right in the center of the teeming game park and on the doorstep of the great city of Nairobi, whose skyline can be seen on the horizon. You will see plenty of wildlife on the drive into the Park.
Relax in the morning or go on a game drive, then take the opportunity to meet Maasai Chief Nickson Parmisa of the Maasai community just south of Nairobi National Park. He can answer all your questions about conservation, Maasai culture and the role of indigenous people in Kenya. You can relax in the evening or take another game drive before dinner.
Overnight Porini Tented Camp, Nairobi National Park
DAY TWO Thursday 1/6
After an early morning game drive through the park, which is renowned for its lions and rhinos, we will visit the nearby Wildlife Foundation compound to witness conservation education and training in action. We'll meet the women of the Olmakau Womens' Beading Cooperative, who will display their traditional and contemporary beadwork and perform one of their tradiitonal dances for us. We'll also visit some local families and meet some of the students that we sponsor through high school.
Back at the camp in the evening, you can choose to go on another game drive or relax with a gin and tonic.
Overnight Porini Tented Camp, Nairobi National Park
DAY THREE Friday 1/7
We leave Porini Tented Camp after an early breakfast and head out of the Park to the Magadi Road. We will be carrying a packed lunch provided by Porini Tented Camp.
We proceed down to Lake Magadi, which lies below sea level and is encrusted with salt. If we are lucky, we may see a few or millions of pink flamingos. Their movements between various lakes are unpredictable. You will be in a dry, volcanic landscape, in an area where the Maasai still live according to their traditions.
NOTE: IT CAN BE EXTREMELY HOT HERE – OVER 100 DEGREES F.
After visiting the lake, we continue for just a few miles to the
Olkiramatian Conservancy, which is run by the South Rift Association
of Landowners (SORALO) to see first-hand the SORALO research
center and how this Maasai community adapts to climate change
and practices conservation, using a combination of traditional
knowledge and modern technology.
We continue to Lentorre Lodge – an absolutely fabulous, luxury
accommodation with amazing views in all directions, excellent food
and lovely plunging pools in which to cool off. This lodge is owned
by the Maasai women of the community and as such, is unique in
Kenya. Various activities are available, such as walking with
Maasai and their livestock, going on a game drive, wading in the
river, or doing nothing at all.
Overnight at Lentorre Lodge
DAY FOUR Saturday 1/8
After breakfast we head back along the Magadi Road towards Nairobi,
with a packed lunch to the prehistoric site of Olorgesailie, which was
first discovered by anthropologists Louis and Mary Leakey and
excavated by various scientists over the years. Early humans lived
here between 40,000 to 1.2 million years ago. Excavations show the
animals they encountered, the tools they used and the climate challenges
they met. The site is well set up with a wooden walkway around the
excavations and local archaeologists to explain the tools and remains that
have been found there, which are all visible exactly where they were found.
If time allows, we may stop at the famed Bomas of Kenya to watch their display of traditional Kenyan dances and enjoy a dinner of local delicacies..
We then proceed to Nairobi’s gorgeous and time-tested Fairview Hotel, which has lovely gardens, a swimming pool, bar, dining room etc. (Depending on our time arrival, you may also choose to have dinner here at your own expense).
Overnight at Fairview Hotel, bed and breakfast only
DAY FIVE Sunday 1/9
After breakfast at the Fairview Hotel (included) pick up at 8.00am for the 10am flight from Wilson Airport in Nairobi to Porini Mara Camp.
The small and exclusive Porini Mara Camp has just six tents & a new Family Tent and is located in the 18,700 acre Ol Kinyei Conservancy, one of the most beautiful wilderness areas in the Serengeti-Mara eco-system. The tents are comfortable, with bathrooms and a common dining tent.
Be a first-hand witness to how conservation really works in conjunction with the local Maasai community stakeholders, conservancies and game parks. Maasai culture at its best. Game-viewing at its best. Authentic tented safari at its best.
Full Board. Also soft drinks, beer, house wine, gin & tonic, mineral water.
Available activities include game drives and walks.
Overnight Porini Mara Camp
DAY SIX Monday 1/10
We spend the day at Porini Mara Camp where the
available activities include game drives, game walks and Maasai
Overnight Porini Mara Camp
DAY SEVEN Tuesday, 1/11
We catch an afternoon flight to Mombasa for a night at the renowned Sarova Whitesands Hotel. The evening is yours to spend at the beach, in the swimming pool or lounging on the deck.
DAY EIGHT, Wednesday, 1/12
In the morning, we take a marvellous food tour through Old Town
to sample a wide variety of Swahili delicacies. We visit the 16th
century Portuguese Fort Jesus. The fort was captured and
recaptured at least nine times between 1631, when the Portuguese lost it to the Sultan Yusuf ibn al-Hasan of Mombasa, and 1895 when it fell under British rule and was converted into a prison.Fort Jesus was captured and recaptured at least nine times between 1631, when the Portuguese lost it to the Sultan Yusuf ibn al-Hasan of Mombasa, and 1895 when it fell under British rule and was converted into a prison.
In the afternoon, we drive a short way up the coast to the lovely Turtle Bay Beach Club. On the way, we visit either the Arabuko Sokoko Reserve, which features a family of elephants living in the forest; or we put on our snorkles for underwater exploring at the Marine Park in Watamu.
Overnight Turtle Bay Club
DAYS NINE and TEN, Thursday 1/13 and Friday 1/14
After a leisurely breakfast, we drive to Malindi to catch our shorty flight
to the legendary island of Lamu. These two days are unscheduled and
provided for you to wind down from you strenuous safari!
When we arrive at Lamu airport, a boat will be waiting to ferry us over to
the island's divine Kijani House in Shela. Enjoy the gorgeous walled
garden, the swimming pool, the balconies and the short walk to lovely, uncrowded Shela Beach, where the warm waters of the Indian Ocean gently lap the shore and little boys on donkeys trot past. Spend the day there or take a boat across to the equally gorgeous beach of Manda Island where various beach lodges provide meals, sun lounges, etc.
From Kijani House, you are just steps away from the world-famous Peponi’s Hotel, with its excellent food and drinks served on lovely sea-view patio. Explore the tiny village of Shela on foot.
It's a short walk or boat ride from Shela to the narrow streets of Lamu Town, founded in the 12th century. Wander the narrow streets, shop for curios and silver jewelry, taste the many delicacies offered in sea-front restaurants.
Activities include swimming, scuba diving, exploring nearby Manda Island and the archipelago or delighting in the best pomegranate sorbet you will ever have at Peponi's.
Overnight Kijani House
DAY ELEVEN, Sunday 1/15
You will still have the whole morning to enjoy Lamu. At 1.30pm your boat captain will arrive to ferry you back to Lamu Airport for your 3.05 flight back to Wilson Airport in Nairobi, arriving at 17.05. From there, you will be taken to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your flight home. If you are flying Kenya Airways to JFK, your flight will leave at 11.30pm. We understand that this is a long wait at JKIA but there is no other choice. You will have time to deal with departure, eat dinner and calmly board your plane for the approximately 15-hour-flight back to JFK.
DAY TWELVE, Monday 1/16
You’re home! Think about the incredible experience you have just had and how you can expand it
by sharing it with friends and family, local schools, community groups and even local politicians.
Make the experience more than just your own safari. Take everyone you know along with you and
help us to support conservation, support the Kitengela Maasai community and support indigenous
ways of combatting climate change.
It’s not just their future. It’s our future too.
The overall price for this safari will be somewhere between $4500 and $5500 per person, not including your international flights. This includes everything listed below, with the exception of lunches and dinners on some days (see below) and any day trips/excursions you choose to take in Nairobi or on Lamu Island.
The price per person depends on your willingness to share accommodations if you are traveling alone. It makes a huge difference in price for everyone and also makes booking simpler.
NOT INCLUDED ARE:
International flights; tips; prices for day excursions in Nairobi and Lamu; personal shopping; medical and travel insurance; lunch and dinner on specified days; snacks between meals; uber or taxi transport in Nairobi; entrance fees to any non-specified locations; laundry; visa fees.
Please check whether you need a tourist visa to enter Kenya. This service is no longer available on arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. You must obtain your visa online at https://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html - it costs about $50.
The small planes we are using in Kenya have a luggage limit of only 15kg per person. We are not returning to the same places on any occasion, so you will not be able to leave luggage behind for later collection. You must pack very lightly with essentials only. Use LIGHTWEIGHT SOFT bags for easier packing into 'planes and safari vehicles. Some areas, such as Magadi and the coast, will be hot during the day and only a little cooler at night. Nairobi and other higher altitude areas can be chilly at night. Normally, January enjoys the best weather everywhere – hot, dry, sunny days and cooler nights – but with climate change, anything could happen. Be prepared. Be adaptable. I will provide a suggested packing list. Good binoculars are essential.
Most places will have wifi and internet availability, but it may be unsteady or very slow in some places. I use AT & T roaming services, which work very well but are super expensive. Alternatively, you can buy a local phone on arrival with prepaid connectivity from Safaricom, (available at the airport) and they work very well. Or you can just do without it in some places, if necessary.
Kenya is no better and no worse than any other place in terms of security. I have traveled back home so many times and have never ever had an issue. However, you should dress simply, with no jewelry or light-weight shoulder-bags. You should carefully guard your money and your passports and other documents. You should hide your cell phone at all times except when in use.
Kenya has handled covid-19 exceptionally well and continues to do so. At this point, there are strict curfews controlling evening and night activities. Hopefully, these will be lifted by January. PLEASE CHECK THE TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS RE COVID FREQUENTLY. You may have to produce either a vaccination certificate or a negative test certificate taken 72 hours before travel in both directions. These rules may change so keep your eye on them and have your documents ready, just in case.
You are REQUIRED to take out travel insurance that covers medical emergency. While Nairobi has excellent hospitals and medical care, the rest of the country does not. Bring your meds with you.
Payments accepted by Zelle, Paypal, Venmo, personal check, wire or direct bank deposit. All transfer fees apply.
FOR ALL QUERIES AND TO BOOK YOUR SPOT, PLEASE CALL OR TEXT KENNY MANN AT 646 479-5884. This is better than email, which may land in my spam folder. I will respond promptly.
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Safari Njema!!! That’s Kisuaheli for “Have a great trip!”
Lake Magadi lies below sea level